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Koreans are well known for their adoration towards whitening skincare products. However, many get the perception of whitening products wrong. Whitening creams and other whitening products aren’t about bleaching your skin. They are used to lighten and even out skin tones, brighten up dull skin, lighten skin blemishes, and above all, revitalise your skin’s luminosity.
Because many factors affect how bright and flawless your skin and complexion is, achieving the whitened skin tone that you desire only happens when you start caring for your skin in every manner possible. This is why Koreans give so much of regard to skincare as a whole and stick to a strict regime. In fact, it is common to find that many of them swear by what is known as the 10-step routine, typically carried out at night. Read on for some product recommendations and to find out how this routine works!
What does whitening mean in Korean skincare?
You’ll hear a lot of this term ‘skin whitening’ on K-Beauty, but no, none of the products works to change your skin colour from dark to white. However, whitening products work to lighten your skin tone and dark spots, brighten your skin tone and reduce the appearance of scars and give you an overall cleaner and even complexion.
Top 8 Korean Whitening Products in Malaysia 2019
- The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil
- Benton Snail Bee High Content Skin
- Dr. Jart Dermask Micro Jet Brightening Solution
- Dear, Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop
- Cosrx Galactomyces 95 Whitening Power Essence
- Dr.G Brightening Peeling Gel
- Mizon Snail Repair Eye Cream
- Innisfree Daily UV Protection Cream No Sebum SPF35/PA+++
Cosrx Galactomyces 95 Whitening Power EssenceRM 71
The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing OilRM 34.9
Benton Snail Bee High Content SkinRM 44
Dear, Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin DropRM 79
Innisfree Daily UV Protection Cream No Sebum SPF35/PA+++RM 35.9
Mizon Snail Repair Eye CreamRM 48
Dr.G Brightening Peeling GelRM 75
Dr. Jart Dermask Micro Jet Brightening SolutionRM 86
Korean 10-step routine:
1. Oil cleanser
Double cleansing is the base of all Korean skincare routines. Using an oil cleanser is an effective first step to remove oil-based makeup that remains on your skin. This step is important as water repels oil. Therefore the only effective way to remove oil is with oil. Oil-based cleansers also draw out oil-based impurities such as sebum and pollution.
2. Water-based cleanser
The second step - using a water-based cleanser will help to remove water-based impurities such as sweat and dirt. This step gently rids your skin of oily residue left from the previous step, helping to keep acne and blemishes at bay.
We cannot stress enough how important exfoliating is to your skin’s health. This step helps to clean your pores and remove dead skin cells to reveal brighter and smoother skin, ultimately helping you to become fairer. It also improves your skin’s ability to absorb skincare products that come after this step. If you have sensitive skin, exfoliate once a week. Otherwise, do it twice a week and always stick to gentler exfoliants.
Balance your skin’s pH levels with a toner. It removes any residue left from cleansing, cleans your pores and repairs your skin’s barriers to effectively absorb moisturisers that follow. Opt for a brightening toner with ingredients such as glycolic acid or snail secretion to brighten dark spots and reduce the appearance of scars.
Apart from being an additional layer of hydration, essences increases skin cell turnover. This results in skin that is brighter and more toned. All in all, despite being incredibly lightweight, they effectively enhance your complexion and help to hydrate and prevent aging.
Packed with powerful ingredients, ampoules, boosters and serums work to hydrate your skin and target specific skin concerns. Treatments with vitamin C are especially helpful to brighten skin appearance and even out skin tones.
7. Sheet masks
Sheet masks are the ultimate Korean obsession with some people even using one sheet mask a day. Perfect for all skin types, easy to use and ultra-relaxing, these masks infuse your skin with skin-loving essences. Ingredients differ according to the results you want to achieve. Hence, choose brightening masks that contain ingredients such as niacinamide and glutathione and always opt for those that are as natural as possible.
8. Eye creams
Eye creams have the ability to restore youthful glow to your skin by keeping dark circles at bay. They also eliminate puffiness and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Whenever possible, always choose eye creams that are fragrance-free and contain retinol - a type of vitamin A that helps to accelerate cell regeneration.
Plump your skin, smoothen out fine lines and up your hydration game with moisturisers that will ensure you wake up to beautifully rejuvenated complexion. Korean whitening facial creams are especially helpful to give you brighter, clearer and younger-looking skin.
10. Sun protection
SPF, SPF, SPF! Applying sunscreen is the most effective way to achieve long-term fairness. A good sunscreen will offer broad spectrum protection and prevent premature aging. Many sunscreens these days also have whitening properties and are formulated with ingredients that prevent melanin production in our skin cells.
Too much? Simplify it!
Truthfully, doing the 10-step-routine might seem too time-consuming and too drastic of a shift to take on suddenly. Even if we’re really dedicated people, there will be days when we’ll be lazy. Should this be you, strip the regime down and stick to the essentials! The Korean 5-step-routine is great and produces great results as well. Follow these steps in order:
- Eye cream
- Moisturiser with SPF
The Golden Rules of Skincare
To a certain extent, it seems overwhelming to have so many things to be mindful about when it comes to skincare. However, because skin concerns differ from one person to another, some people might find that a mere 3-step method would work just as well.
Despite this, whether you use a 3-step, 5-step or 10-step method, three things to always remember when it comes to skincare: 1) always hydrate, use suncare, and make sure you eat and sleep well.
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